Journalism Isn’t Dead; It’s Changing

The life of a journalist is a demanding one. In addition to dealing with long hours and waning pay grade, students in university journalism programs are told repeatedly that the industry’s glory days are over. Despite the challenges, newsrooms are still evolving with the times, helping to shape—as well as being shaped by—a modern public.... Continue Reading

Where KPU Succeeds and Fails at Student Representation

Kwantlen Polytechnic University boasts a diverse student body. It welcomes folks of various nationalities, ethnicities, genders, ideologies, and sexual identities. Representing these groups, however, has always been a challenge for members of the Kwantlen Student Association, which balances the day-to-day duties of student governance with advocating for a sizeable and widely-dispersed student populace. In many... Continue Reading

Advocates at KPU Help Reduce Surrey Gang Violence

For years, Surrey has had a uniquely problematic history with gang-related violence flaring up in the streets, shattering lives and leaving communities torn. Residents have been calling on City Council to take action that results in a meaningful reduction in organized crime, which is why Mayor Linda Hepner formed the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang... Continue Reading

The Art of Loving Offers Sex Smarts to Vancouver

Sex positivity, the socio-philosophical movement towards accepting safe and consensual sexual expression, has waxed and waned in popularity throughout history. In the 1920s, Sigmund Freud and Wilhelm Reich called it sexual liberation. In the 1960s, it reappeared as free and open love. Now, in the 21st century, sex positivity is a regular part of Western... Continue Reading

Collective Action Can Make Vancouver’s Music Scene More Safe

Harassment is an unfortunate and far-too-common reality of nightlife in Vancouver. Despite measures taken in efforts to prevent it—such as the creation of the Good Night Out Campaign, which aims to “end harassment in venues, pubs, bars and clubs across the world”—it continues to occur in the local music scene.  Showrunners, venue staff, performers, and... Continue Reading

Kitchen Culture Serves up Toxicity for Employees

After the tragic passing of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, many people took another look at some of the topics he raised in his book Kitchen Confidential. Just last year, Bourdain expressed regret for his own complacency in—and even glorification of—toxic elements of kitchen culture, namely the unchecked sexism of the back of house. Having spent... Continue Reading
An artistic rendering of what the expanded Museum of Surrey will look like once renovations are complete. (Museum of Surrey)

A Look into Surrey’s 10-Year Parks, Recreation & Culture Strategic Plan

Most Surrey residents can agree that the city’s 200 parks and 35 recreation facilities and community centres go a long way for establishing the beauty and livability of the city. Now, thanks to the Parks, Recreation & Culture strategic plan developed by Surrey Parks Board, the city can look forward to enjoying new and improved... Continue Reading

Big City Blues

Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the most livable cities in the world. With its mild climate, breathtaking scenery, and quality of education and healthcare, it’s not hard to understand why. Yet recent research has found that we’re also one of the most miserable cities in Canada. A Study entitled How Happy Are Your Neighbours? by... Continue Reading
Parents brought their children to attend an address that Premier John Horgan gave in Vancouver 2017. Horgan spoke about the party's commitment to childcare. (flickr/BC NDP)

Parents Scramble for Affordable Child Care in B.C.

Four months before the birth of their first child, Julia Smith and her husband registered their names on wait lists for licensed child-care programs. Last November, after 16 months of waiting, the only change in their situation was their daughter’s age and the fast-approaching end of Smith’s maternity leave. “I’m on 14 wait lists and... Continue Reading
Murdoch de Mooy and David Piraquive, two members of the KSA's executives committee, at a drop-in consultation session about the international tuition increase. (Alyssa Laube)

KPU’s Recent International Tuition Hike Divides Students and Administrators

When the KPU Board of Governors voted on March 28 to raise international tuition by 15 per cent, they received an immediate backlash from members of the Kwantlen Student Association. By April 5 the KSA had released a statement saying that it was “disappointed” with the increase in tuition, and with the fact that the... Continue Reading
Following the Voices of Muslim Women DigitaLENS Film Festival, students of KPU's Digital Storytelling Course were awarded with recognition of achievement certificates by instructors Katie Warfield and Aisha Amijee. (Ashley Hyshka)

DigitaLENS Fosters Sisterhood Through Storytelling

At the third annual DigitaLENS Film Festival, Muslim women came together to put their creativity on public display. Over seven weeks, Aisha Amijee, Alia Youseff, and Katie Warfield—all digital storytelling instructors at KPU—planned the event to merge technical videography skills with social justice and introspection. The course that the three instructors teach is held during... Continue Reading

Keeping Kayfabe in the Local World of Wrestling

While many Canadians were celebrating Cinco de Mayo, those in New Westminster’s Sapperton Pensioners Hall spent May 5 crowded around a makeshift wrestling ring. “Cinco de Mayhem” was the name of Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling’s latest event, which saw the typically tranquil Pensioners Hall transformed into a wrestling arena. Founded in 1996, ECCW is currently... Continue Reading

Surrey Shows High Spirits at the 2018 Vaisakhi Parade

Hundreds of thousands of people from various cultures and communities gathered in Surrey to celebrate Vaisakhi, the Lower Mainland’s largest annual cultural event on April 21. The festival celebrates the creation of the Khalsa fraternity in 1699, when the tenth Sikh Guru, Gobind Singh, initiated the first Amrit Sanchar (Sikh baptism or initiation) for his... Continue Reading

KPU Crim Profs Study Addiction, Homelessness, Outreach on the Surrey Strip

Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Social Justice Centre (SJC) is at work to better understand the issues of homelessness and addiction in Surrey, particularly on 135a Street, where inequality in the city is most visible. KPU criminology professors Michael Ma and Mike Larsen have set out to understand the circumstances of people living on 135a—colloquially known as... Continue Reading

Exploring Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Trade Renaissance

When Katherine Vreugde told her friends and family that she was going to become a farmer, they responded unanimously with surprise. She had spent the past 10 years as an accountant, and neither she nor her family had any roots in a farmer’s field. Her professional experience was gained almost entirely in an office environment.... Continue Reading